Taste & Smell
Pairs Well With
- Arts & Crafts
- Exploring Nature
- People Watching
- Social Events
- Yard Games
About this Hybrid Strain
Legendary breeder Dave Bowman, also known as Subcool, died on February 1, 2020. He left with us many beloved strains including Apollo 13, which he then crossed with Black Russian to create the infamous strain Sputnik.
The Sputnik cannabis strain has potent sativa effects much like Apollo 13 that will take you out of Earth’s atmosphere and into orbit. THC levels test around 20% and distinct flavors such as sour berries and fresh tea can be detected. The harsher flavors of skunk and diesel come to the surface when combusting this strain.
Sputnik produces teal-green nuggets shaped like popcorn and pine trees with streaks of blue throughout its hues. A net of neon-orange pistils are easily noticeable that protrude from the white crystal trichomes that give the flower a frosted look.
Sputnik effects have been said to bring on a high energy euphoria with trippy visuals. Don’t be surprised to be smiling for no reason, since reviewers stated their mood improved dramatically. Creativity rose for them and music seemed more alive as they readily appreciated the artistic beauty of the universe. Sense of touch was also enhanced much like all the other senses, making this a great strain to enjoy in the arms of that special someone. A few reported feeling a high sense of laser-like focus as well.
Legendary breeder Dave Bowman, also known as Subcool, died on February 1, 2020. He left with us many beloved strains including Apollo 13, which he then crossed with Black Russian to create the infamous strain Sputnik. The Sputnik cannabis strain has potent sativa effects much like Apollo 13 that will…
Sativa 70 / Indica 30
Origins: Apollo 13 x Black Russian
Flowering: 56-63 days
Harvest: mid September
Subcool calls this strain Sputnik because it crosses his space-themed Apollo 13 strain with a Russian. The original Sputnik I satellite ushered in the Space Age when the Soviet Union launched this basketball-sized satellite into a quick orbit around the Earth in 1957. The Black Russian strain used in Sputnik is a Blackberry (Somablaze) x AK-47 (Nebu) cross that comes from a gene pool in which every female turned solid purple. Like a combine Russian-American space mission with both astronauts and cosmonauts, Sputnik offers two phenotypes, similar in growing characteristics, but very different on the inside, in taste and stone.
Both Sputnik phenotypes perform well in indoor and outdoor gardens, with impressive yields. Sputnik germinates very easily. She starts slow in the vegetative phase, due to her Blackberry influence, but fast once established; plants budded at 30 inches (almost 1 meter) reach final heights just over 4 feet. Subcool recommends topping these plants in the classic candelabra shape, and bringing them to expose her lower branches to the light. “Bush” and “screen of green” are the best growing profiles for Sputnik. She does well in hydro systems with plant supports. Cabinet growers will love the way this plant maximizes yields by branching out to fill small areas. Sputnik’s leaves are very wide, with deep serrations; they start off dark green and tend to fade to a lime as the plant matures.
Sputnik dislikes direct heat, and does very well in a peripheral bud room location. Outdoors, she may not yield to potential in cold climates. Her slow recovery from stress means that you will need some patience to clone her. This variety finishes in mid September outdoors in Northern California, or after just 8-9 weeks indoors.
The most common Sputnik phenotype favors her Black Russian father, with res-spectrum coloration and an indica stone. This pheno starts changing color around week five, and shifts from light pink to vivd magenta by harvest. The purple pheno’s buds are big, fluffy, and resinous, almost eggplant-colored, with a slightly spicy palate. her stone is a deep, long-lasting body relaxer that comes on fast.
The other phenotype leans toward the white and green spectrum, and the blasting sativa high of Apollo 13. This pheno is much more fragrant – a cream soda smell, with some sour undertones as she ripens. her buds are denser and more nugget-like than the purple pheno’s. Her stone is a fast involuntary smile, a euphoric flight that can leave veteran stoners blissed out and staring at the walls. Trippy visual effects, like seeing real trees in cartoon vision, are common. The high is similar to the marvelous Apollo 13, but with a sweeter taste and slightly more psychedelic quality.
Both phenotypes give the user a strong stone with a kiss of well-being behind it. Subcool recommends writing, thinking, talking, music and art as good activities while in Sputnik orbit. Appearing in public might be less easy, as you may be more inclined to let your goofy side out to play.
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